This Friday at Recess, Brendan Fernandes will explore the possibilities of the dance floor as a queer space.
On April 1, Alan Abel will discuss a half-century of hoaxes and satiric scams he’s pulled off, from prank political campaigns to faking his own death.
There’s a large pool taking up most of the floor space at Recess.
The record store experience currently inhabiting Recess gallery’s Soho space feels like any other vinyl hub: bins of albums to flip through in the center, staff picks on the walls, a turntable rotating with scratchy music. Yet this one has a surreal twist: the only thing in stock here is the Beatles’s White Album, and the store doesn’t sell any of them, it only acquires more. A project of New York and Shanghai-based Rutherford Chang, We Buy White Albums includes nearly 700 copies of the 1968 double-LP first edition of the White Album, all the personal collection of Chang.
Recess has launched a new initiative, called Commission, which connects emerging collectors to Recess artists through the commissioning of a small individualized art works. You’d be crazy not to take advantage of this.
It’s hard to believe that Recess Art, the Soho-based nonprofit, is only three years old and has already made significant waves in the city’s art scene as a place where artists are free to explore process in every which way. “It’s a space where you realize projects you can’t realize anywhere else,” founder and executive director Allison Weisberg says, and she really means it.
If people were complaining that The Independent was a scene with its cooler-than-thou veneer of globalization and slightly aloof exhibitors and audience, than they probably hadn’t seen The Dependent art fair, which was the dictionary definition of “art scene.” For four hours on a Friday night, two floors of the Four Points Sheraton hotel on West 25th St was transformed into an art fair for 16 galleries from near and far. These staples of the downtown scene staged their own hotel room fair as if to seemingly to prove how much they could pack two floors of this non-descript Chelsea hotel.